7 Reasons Why The Dark Ages Weren’t Actually That Dark

In this episode of The Catholic Talk Show, the guys dispel myths about the Dark Ages and explore the contributions of the Catholic Church that helped create the modern world.

In this episode you’ll learn:
• Why no scholar uses the term “Dark Ages”
• How the myth of the Dark Ages got started
• How the medieval Church created colleges
• How the medieval Church created hospitals
• and much more!


3 comments on 7 Reasons Why The Dark Ages Weren’t Actually That Dark

  1. Tim says:

    Cool ideas but you’ve missed the mark a bit:

    “Dark Ages” was coined by the humanists in the early renaissance.

    Francesco Petrarca in particular came up with the term and he lived in the 1300s around the time of Boccaccio and Chaucer, right after Dante, Francis of Assisi, Giotto and Cimabue.

    1. Not exactly. Yes, Petrarch wrote: “Amidst the errors there shone forth men of genius; no less keen were their eyes, although they were surrounded by darkness and dense gloom”. But this is not the end of the story, nor does it include the term “Dark Ages”.

      But, It was in Volume X (1602) of Annales Ecclesiastici that Cardinal Baronius coined the term “dark age” for the period between the end of the Carolingian Empire in 888 and the first stirrings of Gregorian Reform under Pope Clement II in 1046.

      But the term got its weight and commonly understood meaning from Protestant writers such as Gilbert Burnet, or Enlightenment figures like Voltaire or Kant.

    2. Neil Kane says:

      True.However, one could argue that some of the Renaissance humanists were closer to Enlightenment ‘philosophes’ than to Bonaventure, Aquinas, Albert the Great, et cetera.

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